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FAQ: How Long Are Programs In The USA?

Undergraduate degrees are taught over a minimum of 4 years. When you have successfully completed your program, you earn a bachelor's degree. Each academic year takes place over 2 equal semesters. Each semester is 15 weeks in duration.
It normally takes about 2 years to graduate with a master's degree. 


Undergraduate applicants should check the secondary education equivalents list on this page.

If your country is not listed, World Education Services (WES) offers free grade conversion guides for more than 120 countries, so you can compare your grades to the US Grade Point Average (GPA) scale.

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American Education System

Universities in the USA offer outstanding opportunities for international students to study abroad and gain a high quality education from one of the best education systems in the world. Choosing to study abroad in the USA means choosing to put your education and your career goals first.

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Gain a world-class degree that includes practical experience and real-world knowledge. Career-focused universities, like Roosevelt University, offer work experience and personal development in economic city hubs, helping you prepare for a successful career anywhere in the world.

Types of Degrees in the USA

The American education system is often referred to as following a 'liberal education' method. This style of education allows students the freedom early in your degree to explore a variety of subjects before choosing your major or main subject area. You will continue to have a diverse range of courses throughout your degree after selecting your major, so you gain a broad, well-rounded education.

Associate Degree

Associate's degrees are often offered at community colleges and completed in two years. Community colleges tend to provide smaller classes and specialized technical programs, which can be a great preparation before entering a large university. There are two types of degrees you can complete:

  • Associate of Arts (A.A.)
  • Associate of Science (A.S.).

After successfully completing a two year program, many students transfer to a larger university to complete a bachelor's degree in two additional years of study.

Undergraduate Degree

Bachelor's degrees are typically designed to be completed in four years of full-time study. Once you have gained a bachelor degree, you can study for a graduate degree. Bachelor's degrees are offered under many disciplines and across almost every subject you can dream of. Popular degrees at Roosevelt include:

  • Accounting
  • Computer Science
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Integrated Marketing Communications
  • Social Justice.

You can progress to an undergraduate degree at Roosevelt University by successfully completing the International Year.

Graduate Degree

There are two types of graduate degrees:

  • Master's degree
  • Doctoral degree.

Graduate degrees involve in-depth independent study, and usually revolve around one particular topic that is academically based, research based, or focused in a specific industry. Many graduate students also teach or assist professors while completing their studies. You can progress to a master's degree in business, public administration, science, or arts at Roosevelt University after completing the Pre-Master's Program.

What to Expect at Roosevelt

Achieving a degree from a university in the USA will involve a variety of teaching methods, coursework, and assessments. This could take the form of large lectures, small discussion groups, laboratory experience, or practical experience in your field.

Modern facilities

Roosevelt University is a modern university with state-of-the-art facilities and technology, all located in a vibrant city center location. Students live and study in the high-rise Wabash Building, which has views over Chicago and Lake Michigan. Here, you'll have everything you need, including modern classrooms with state-of-the-art technology.

Personalized learning

Students at Roosevelt University receive personal support and individual attention. Roosevelt University offers an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, and classes are kept small to ensure you have a focused experience with customized learning.


Students receive a high level of support from the Office of Career Development, including career advice and résumé writing workshops. You can also attend internship fairs and networking events where you can meet potential employers and prepare for success in your career.

The University has strong relationships with international businesses. This gives you the opportunity to gain an internship with one of Chicago’s leading corporations or Fortune 500 companies. The University also has practical business programs, which include industry experience. Recent internships have included JP Morgan, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Hilton Hotels and Resorts.

  • Pathway to an Undergraduate Degree

    Prepare for entry to the second year of your bachelor's degree with a two or three semester pathway program. Develop your English language and study skills, and progress ready to succeed.

    Explore the International Year
  • Students learn in the classroom.

    Pathway to a Graduate Degree

    Prepare for entry to your master's degree with a one or two semester pathway program. Prepare to succeed by developing your academic and English language level.

    Explore the Pre-Master's Program